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Responsible Conduct: Principles of Christian Ethics (Douma)

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Corporate scandals, cloning, and debates about war are recent reminders of the importance of ethics. Whether the topic is civil liberties, business ethics, medical technologies, or sexuality, we all have our opinions.

But what do we mean we use terms like rights, responsibility, negligence, good, bad, should, and ought? What basis is there for the ethical judgments we make? What role does Scripture paly, or law, love conscience, spirituality, or adiaphora?

J. Douma, an internationally known ethicist, guides us though these and other foundational issues in this thoughtful, balanced, informed discussion rooted in a Reformed confessional worldview.

Table of Contents:

  1. Morality and Ethics
  2. The Definition of Christian Ethics
  3. The Scope of Christian Ethics
  4. The Use of Holy Scripture
  5. The Ten Commandments
  6. Christian Morality
  7. Love
  8. Conscience
  9. Are There Adiaphora?
  10. Is There a Conflict of Duties?
  11. Compromise
  12. Casuistry
  13. Spirituality



J. Douma was professor of Christian ethics at the Theological University in Kampen from 1970 to his retirement in 1997. Among his publications is "The Ten Commandments".



Nelson D. Kloosterman is professor of ethics at Mid-America Reformed Seminary, where he has taught since 1984.



“This competent volume introduces many of the most important issues in the discipline of ethics and shows an awareness of the various difficulties and proposed solutions to these issues.” — David Van Drunen

"A substantial work in Reformed ethics; I am glad that it is now being made available to English readers." - John Jefferson Davi